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Veronica Guerin
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 83 (Apr 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Cate Blanchett, Gerard McSorley, Ciaran Hinds & Brenda Fricker

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 4
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes two audio commentary tracks: one with director Joel Schumacher and the other with writers Mary Agnes Donoghue and Carol Doyle, a 13-minute Public Mask, Private Fears featurette, a 21-minute conversation with producer Jerry Bruckheimer, a deleted scene, footage of the real Veronica Guerin speaking at the Committee To Protect Journalists, and Bruckheimer

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Touchstone Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 32056
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Violence, language and some drug content
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 98
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 03/16/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

 Credits Information

(Director): Joel Schumacher
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In the early 90s, the heightened drug problem in Dublin, Ireland inspired journalist Veronica Guerin (Blachett) to expose the underground druglords in The Sunday Independent. Fearless in her approach, Veronica uses thug John Traynor (Hinds) to get the names of mobsters responsible for dealing. Even after numerous threats to her and her family and a gunshot wound to the leg, Veronica could not be silenced. The only thing that could stop her was her assassination on June 26th, 1996...but not before Veronica Guerin made a tremendous impact on stopping the drug trade. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1-framed DVD picture is sharp and detailed, with nicely rendered textures and clarity. Colors are well balanced, with rich saturation, accurate fleshtones, and deep blacks. At times, the color scheme has a cold appearance. Shadow delineation is also satisfying. Edge enhancement can be a bit bothersome at times, but pixelization isn

The brutal world of drugs and violence in Northern Ireland is vividly and audibly brought to life in these excellent 5.1-channel DTS